Lecture Series | Tuesday Evenings at the Modern

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This popular series of lectures by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public.

Lectures begin at 7 pm. To assure seating, two free admission tickets can be picked up at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250. A live broadcast of the lectures is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests.

Café Modern serves cocktails, salads, and appetizers on Tuesday nights until 7 pm during the lecture series.

  • March 17—Tom Sachs, an influential sculptor best known for elaborate re-creations of various modernist icons in masterpieces of engineering and design, presents the work and ideas that have garnered him such renown.
  • March 24—Emily Jacir is a professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah and an artist whose work—including film, photography, social interventions, installation, performance, video, writing, and sound—has been recognized with significant exhibitions and awards, including a Golden Lion and a Hugo Boss Prize.
  • March 31—Philip-Lorca diCorcia, known for creating images poised between documentary and theatrically staged photography, discusses his photographic work in which everyday occurrences are taken beyond the realm of banality and seemingly insignificant gestures are infused with psychology and emotion.
  • April 7—Mario García Torres, a Mexico City–based conceptual artist who addresses the ways in which art and information are constructed over time, is in conversation with Modern curator Alison Hearst, who organized FOCUS: Mario García Torres.
  • April 14—Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine and the editorial director of Cabinet Books. He has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions and projects, including “Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates,” the subject of this presentation.
  • April 21—Laurie Simmons, a New York–based artist renowned since the mid-1970s for staged black-and-white photographs referencing domestic scenes and most recently for life-size color photographs of kigurumi (Japanese costume play), shares her experiences and the development of her work.

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